Arianespace to power Spanish, French telecom satellites

Satellite company Arianespace will help launch two new satellites for Spain and France from a base in French Guiana, an AFP report said.


Quoting Arianespace, the AFP report said the 10-ton Ariane 5 ECA launcher would put into orbit Spainsat, the first satellite devoted to secure communications for the Spanish government, and Hot Bird 7a, a television and radio broadcasting satellite owned by Paris-based Eutelsat.


The report said Spainsat, owned by the Spanish military operator Hisdesat, would be positioned above the Atlantic, while Eutelsat's Hot Bird 7A, built by Alcatel Alenia Space, would be an addition to the existing Hot Bird satellite.